Actors Kate Winslet and Kenneth Branagh led the list of U.K. honors handed out today by Queen Elizabeth II. Carphone Warehouse Group Plc Chairman Charles Dunstone and Walt Disney International Chairman Andy Bird also won recognition in the awards to mark the queen’s birthday.
“A $28 million tribute is the real thing,” Gregory Long said last night of the figure raised in celebration of his 25th anniversary as president of the 250-acre New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, a museum of plants and a center of education and scientific research. “It’s thrilling such generous people have come together to make these gifts.”
The Charlie Rose Oscar Special featuring: filmmakers Agnieszka Holland, Alexander Payne, Wim Wenders and Michel Hazanavicius and actors Viola Davis, Berenice Bejo, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman, Jean Dujardin, Jonah Hill, Kenneth Branagh, Max Von Sydow, Michelle Williams and Rooney Mara. (Source: Bloomberg)
Joss Whedon’s delightful updated black-and-white “Much Ado About Nothing” probably cost about as much as the budget for donuts on his “Avengers.” Which just goes to show: You don’t need big bucks to do right by the Bard.
There’s something disquieting (to put it politely) about movies that sentimentalize Nazi Germany, reassuring the audience that good people sternly disapproved of Hitler and cared about the fate of the Jews.